NYC large-soda ban blocked by judge, Mayor Bloomberg vows fight
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York City's ban on large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theatres and other establishments was invalidated on Monday by a state judge as "arbitrary and capricious", a day before it was to take effect.
The 11-hour decision was a blow to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose top lawyer quickly vowed to appeal.
Bloomberg has made public health a cornerstone of his administration, with laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, bars and parks; banning trans fats; and requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts.
New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo vowed to appeal and keep pressing the mayor's case that the new law is needed to combat a growing obesity epidemic.